Sat

24

MAR

2001

Crisis Continues in the UK

Mass slaughters intensify in the UK to try to combat the foot and mouth disease epidemic. I was in contact with a discussion list acquaintance earlier this week who happens to have an office close to the National Farmers Union in the UK. He said it was a pretty rough situation there. I’m here in California, geographically far away, but not at all far away in thought and prayers for everyone.

I collected a few articles throughout the week related to the foot and mouth disease breakout, which are listed below.

I’m also tossing in a few numbers below that are absolutely astonishing to see, especially when you consider the gravity of what’s really going on behind the numbers. Seeing a few photos of fires burning with outlines of dead animals is horrific indeed.

Stats as of Tuesday, 20 March, 2001, 17:25 GMT
394 confirmed cases
223,564 animals slaughtered
95,872 awaiting slaughter
159,874 carcasses destroyed

Stats as of Saturday, 24 March, 2001, 21:53 GMT
536 confirmed cases
368,041 animals slaughtered
204,753 awaiting slaughter.

Projections right now are for over 4,000 confirmed cases by June. Confirmed cases are also showing up in several other countries, and also coming into the U.S.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution provides help and support to those in need within the farming community in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.So what can we do to help? The Web site for the National Farmers Union (NFU) has an Aid for Farmers page providing contact information and more details for those wishing to make charitable donations to assist the farmers in crisis resulting from the foot and mouth disease outbreak. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution Web site is also accepting donations and has further details and information.

Below is a listing of information about what’s been going on throughout the week and what we can do to help.

Aid to Farmers
National Farmers Union (NFU)

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
Provides help and support to those in need within the farming community in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

News Stories, Info
Britain To Slaughter More Livestock
NYTimes, March 24, 2001, Filed at 8:00 p.m. ET

Bulls sealed in 'disease-proof' barn
BBC Online, Saturday, 24 March, 2001, 11:26 GMT.
Story, photos of the Duke of Westminster’s barns completely sealed with 140 highly valuable Holstein bulls and people to tend to them during this crisis. Fascinating story, innovative measures taken here.

Disease backlog delays mass cull
BBC, UK | Wednesday, 21 March, 2001, 09:46 GMT

Lifeline for rural communities
BBC News | UK | Tuesday, 20 March, 2001, 17:25 GMT
Government in UK released info on measures to help communities hit by hardship from foot and mouth disease.

Video diary shows farmer’s life under siege
BBC Online, Thursday March 08 2001. Read the story about Neville Kemp at his farm in East Harling, or watch the online video.

Latest Breaking News Info
Foot and Mouth Disease: Latest newsfeed via Moreover
Check out the latest news via live newsfeed from Moreover.

Ananova - Farming
Latest news on farming in Britain and Europe via Ananova’s online news.

Ananova - Foot-and-mouth
Latest news on foot and mouth disease in Britain and Europe via Ananova’s online news

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